The significance of long hair in Native American culture is amazing. There are many teachings and practices in their tribal cultures that are significant to who they are as Native people. One of many things important to their cultural identity is, their hair. Their hair is considered to be sacred and significant to who they are as an individual, family, and community.
In many tribes, it is believed that a person’s long hair represents a strong cultural identity. This strong cultural identity promotes self-esteem, self-respect, a sense of belonging, and a healthy sense of pride.
Touching someone’s hair without permission is disrespectful in the Native community. This is not something to take personal; it’s their way of protecting themselves from someone they know nothing about.
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